In our first post in this series, we talked about the two forces of power and no power, to show a balance. Light and darkness, or an opposition in all things, which causes growth. In this post, the source of these two forces will be looked at more closely, namely, Christ as the light, and Satan as the dark.
We know that every good thing comes from Christ, so everything righteous, edifying and godly, is from Him, whether or not we as individuals acknowledge this. Whether it’s the fact that we have this earth life time (our probationary state to prove ourselves), or something specific, such as an answered prayer, it’s all from Him. Even the sustainment of our lives is from Him.
The backdrop of all of this then, would be that opposition, or dark, is a necessary part of God’s plan. We need to have both light and dark, to have balance and a proper order. A way to move forward and grow. Christ is the One, and Satan is the Zero. As the scripture states:
41 …for there is One God and One Shepherd over all the earth. 1 Nephi 13:41
It is with the atonement that we have the workings between both righteousness and sin. Our agency is defined, only as the ability to do good. It is not simply choice, but the ability to choose good out of our choices. Lucifer has put himself in a position where he cannot do good. Therefore he has no agency. He fought against it, therefore, he got what he wanted. Satan may not have agency, but he does have choice. He chooses how he carries or his plans every moment.
To have happiness and exquisite joy, we must choose good, and repent of our sins. It is not just that we repent to become like our Savior, but it is in the repentance process, that we become like Him.
As Christ has said, “…sufficient is the evil to the day thereof…” We must not look for evil or excuse sin, but acknowledge Christ in all things. We must strive to become better, and give ourselves to the Lord in completeness, so that we can become one in Him, even as He is One with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
We must accept and live Christ’s gospel, and all of the ordinances, priesthood power, and truths found therein. Then, we can be ready to enter into the Heaven Christ has prepared for us, even the Celestial kingdom.